Placing Israel's separation wall in the continuum of the Zionist project in Palestine since the late nineteenth century, this essay sees the wall as the latest component of long-held policies of exclusion, control, and containment. In particular, it sees the wall as the culmination of Israel's quest to deal with its ““native problem,”” which had been largely solved with the 1948 war, but which returned full force with the 1967 conquests. The author traces the evolution of Israel's approach to this problem, from ““partial integration”” (and direct military rule) to separation (with indirect military rule and limited Palestinian self-government); settlement and land alienation have been constants. After deconstructing Sharon's current policy, the essay ends by examining Palestinian options for confronting a bleak future, focusing in particular on an as-yet inchoate strategy of nonviolence, campaigns for enforcing international law, and nurturing the most important potential alliance in the struggle against occupation: the Israeli peace camp.
Unmaking Palestine: On Israel, the Palestinians, and the Wall
Graham Usher is a journalist based in the occupied territories and the author of several books, including Dispatches from Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process (Pluto Press, 1999). The essay is adapted from the introduction to The West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine, by Ray Dolphin (Pluto Press, forthcoming, February 2006).
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Graham Usher; Unmaking Palestine: On Israel, the Palestinians, and the Wall. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 January 2005; 35 (1): 25–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2005.35.1.25
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